Ian Brown Food and Drink
- Telephone 0141 638 8422
- Seasonal times Open Mondays at Christmas
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–2pm, 5.30–9.30pm, Sun noon–9.30pm. Closed Mon.
- Average price £13 (set lunch); £24.50 (evening meal)
- Website ianbrownrestaurant.co.uk
A friendly, casual neighbourhood restaurant in Giffnock – presided over by a chef who does cooking at the top end.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
A little run of shops in the well-to-do but hardly buzzing suburb of Giffnock may be an unlikely destination for those seeking gastronomic thrills, but chef Ian Brown has been serving some of the most interesting and satisfying food in greater Glasgow here for six years. Ian put in two decades at the Ubiquitous Chip before opening his own place, and he shares that pioneering restaurant’s focus on exceptional seasonal Scottish produce, prepared with care and imagination. A broccoli and cream cheese ‘crème caramel’ is a witty and surprising starter, and more to the point it’s delicious, with intense umami flavour and an intriguing pudding-like texture. Dependable favourites get a gently creative twist here – a fennel and almond crust on a salmon fillet, for example, or a roast pineapple ‘soup’ with coconut panacotta. At £13 for two courses the set menu is extraordinarily good value for cooking this good, and the à la carte is fairly priced, too. It may look like an unassuming neighbourhood restaurant, but Ian Brown Food & Drink is well worth going far out of your way to visit.
- High point: Creative, memorable, exciting food
- Low point: A trek for most of us
- Notable dish: braised pig cheek on mealie pudding with red wine and port jus
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: nothing too loud, nothing that's not easy going
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £15 per bottle
Reviews & features
Ubiquitous Chip chef Ian Brown strikes out on his own16 Feb 2011
New venture always fully booked despite the economic climate
Aestled in an affluent Southside enclave, Ian Brown Food and Drink is a small and thoughtfully formed new restaurant. Inside the refurbished former Greek restaurant, wooden topped tables are arranged in a close and cosy fashion. Scottish landscapes and…